The Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) has entreated hospitality centres across the country to spice up their daily meals with more cocoa based products.
According to its Chief Executive Officer, Mr Akwasi Agyeman, not only is the consumption of cocoa products healthy for patrons, but the move would help sustain gains made in the sector for economic growth.
“Cocoa has many health benefits and the more we consume it, we help create employment for those in the sector and boost foreign exchange, so we encourage our hospitality centres to add cocoa on their menu,” he said.
The CEO gave the advice when he led a delegation to donate assorted chocolate products and a cake to the Ghanaian Times, the flagship newspaper of the New Times Corporation (NTC) in Accra yesterday to mark “National Chocolate Day.”
The day, marked every February 14 to coincide with “Valentine’s Day”, is to increase the consumption of Ghana chocolate and other cocoa based products for domestic tourism and economic growth.
Mr Agyeman used the occasion to commend the newspaper for championing excellence through its reportage and, particularly, promoting domestic tourism with its publications.
“This is our 15th year since we begun the commemoration of Chocolate Day, and looking at your works as a newspaper in projecting our efforts in building a vibrant cocoa sector, we thought it wise to bring you this gift.”
He urged the newspaper not to relent on its watchdog role to better develop the country.
The acting News Editor of the Ghanaian Times, Mr Norman Cooper, who received the items on behalf of the Editor, Mr David Agbenu, thanked the GTA for the recognition and kind gesture.
He expressed hope that the donation would further strengthen partnership between the GTA and the Ghanaian Times.
BY ABIGAIL ANNOH